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Plante, Vezina portraits unveiled

Color paintings of 100 Greatest NHL Players will be revealed on NHL.com every Monday in 2017 NHL.com

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As part of the NHL Centennial Celebration, renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris will paint original portraits of each of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian as chosen by a Blue Ribbon panel. NHL.com will reveal two portraits each Monday in 2017.

This week, the portraits of goaltenders Jacques Plante and Georges Vezina are unveiled in the 42nd installment.

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This Week in Centennial History

Gretzky, Lemieux each score first NHL goal; Matthews has four in debut

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As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, NHL.com is taking a look back at memorable events each week.

Here are Centennial highlights for the week of Oct. 8-14:

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Ratelle, Toews portraits unveiled

Color paintings of 100 Greatest NHL Players will be revealed on NHL.com every Monday in 2017

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As part of the NHL Centennial Celebration, renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris will paint original portraits of each of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian as chosen by a Blue Ribbon panel. NHL.com will reveal two portraits each Monday in 2017.

This week, the portraits of centers Jean Ratelle and Jonathan Toews are unveiled in the 41st installment.

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This Week in Centennial History

Gretzky makes Kings debut; Rangers acquire Messier from Oilers

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As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, NHL.com is taking a look back at memorable events each week.

Here are Centennial highlights for the week of October 1-7:

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Hockey's 'hat trick' traces roots to cricket

Term for player scoring three goals in game popularized in NHL during 1940s

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / NHL.com Managing Editor

It's been 100 years since the NHL season began with four hat tricks in season-opening games, which happened on the first two nights of 2017-18. But when four players scored three or more goals on Dec. 19, 1917, the first night of play in League history, there were no hats flung to salute their accomplishments.

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Bourque, Moore portraits unveiled

Color paintings of 100 Greatest NHL Players will be revealed on NHL.com every Monday in 2017

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As part of the NHL Centennial Celebration, renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris will paint original portraits of each of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian as chosen by a Blue Ribbon panel. NHL.com will reveal two portraits each Monday in 2017.

This week, the portraits of defenseman Ray Bourque and forward Dickie Moore are unveiled in the 40th installment.

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This Week in Centennial History

Sundin becomes first non-Canadian captain of Maple Leafs; NHL adopts two-division format

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As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, NHL.com is taking a look back at memorable events each week.

Here are Centennial highlights for the week of September 24-30:

 

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Rutledge outplayed Sawchuk with expansion Kings

Rookie goaltender overshadowed future Hall of Famer in 1967-68

by Dave Stubbs @dave_stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

He was the "other" original goaltender for the Los Angeles Kings, plucked from the New York Rangers in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft.

Wayne Rutledge was far lesser known than Terry Sawchuk, the No. 1 pick in that draft and the Kings' first player. Sawchuk, who with fellow veteran Johnny Bower had just helped the Toronto Maple Leafs to a stunning Stanley Cup victory against the Montreal Canadiens, went west as a four-time Cup winner with 100 shutouts (then a League record).

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Henderson's Summit Series goal frozen in time

Winner for Canada 45 years ago turned Maple Leafs forward into legend

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Paul Henderson indelibly put his fingerprint on Canadian sports 45 years ago Thursday, a moment frozen in time for those who held their breath for it and a revelation to a new generation of fans who have come to learn of it.

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Canadian Hockey Legends stamps revealed by Canada Post

Richard, Beliveau, Howe, Orr, Lemieux, Gretzky featured in final series

by Dave Stubbs @dave_stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

TORONTO -- Six hockey icons, arguably the greatest of the very best, are the final burst of fireworks on Canada Post's five-year series of stamps issued to celebrate the NHL Centennial and the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup.

Maurice 'Rocket' Richard, Jean Béliveau, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky were unveiled on stamps Wednesday at the Hockey Hall of Fame, a series titled Canadian Hockey Legends.

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